Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 MSI 4GB Edition

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How well can the GeForce GTX 980 MSI 4GB Edition run games
14 Jun 2021 - Graphics card reviewed

Gamers upgrading will be considering the GeForce GTX 980 MSI 4GB Edition graphics card as a serious price to performance entry point. This card will meet and play most demanding AAA games and do so with good graphics setting as standard, and confidently pushing past the recommended game system requirements needed to run today’s games. This card meets game requirements up to DirectX 12.

Here is a performance review on how capable the GeForce GTX 980 MSI 4GB Edition is at running the more popular games of 2021. Specifically looking at this PC hardware’s ability to get suitable frames per second to play on Ultra game settings and what FPS it might get on 1080p, 1440p and 4K screen res. In comparison to the game recommended requirements of the 1000 most demanding games played today this PC hardware can run 492.

First we looked at 1080p resolution for the GeForce GTX 980 MSI 4GB Edition performance to explore what sort of benchmarks it would achieve on the popular title Battlefield 6 and predict it will deliver playable frames per second across the following graphics settings - Low: 76 FPS, Medium: 59 FPS, High: 52 FPS and Ultra: 41 FPS. We proceeded to look at Battlefield 2042 to see how that compared and predict that it will return a playable 41 FPS at Ultra 1080p.

We move on to 1440p, and predict that Battlefield 6 will deliver playable FPS results. Here are the graphic presets - Low: 58 FPS, Medium: 45 FPS, High: 39 FPS and Ultra: 32 FPS. Next we have Battlefield 2042 running on GeForce GTX 980 MSI 4GB Edition which is predicted to get L: 58FPS, M: 45FPS, H: 39FPS, U: 32FPS. And for performance contrast the popular Far Cry 6 is predicted to get L: 40FPS, M: 32FPS, H: 21FPS, U: 15FPS at 1440p. In summary we feel the GeForce GTX 980 MSI 4GB Edition running at 1440p is not ideal and its more advisable to run modern games at 1080p resolution. But if you really want to play games at 1440p then you will likely have to make some graphical adjustments to improve game FPS stability.

How many years will the GeForce GTX 980 MSI 4GB Edition graphics card play newly released games and how long until you should consider upgrading the GeForce GTX 980 MSI 4GB Edition in your PC? 12-18 months of top end gaming is still left in this graphics card

Whats a good PC graphics upgrade for the GeForce GTX 980 MSI 4GB Edition? If you want an upgrade suggestion for the GeForce GTX 980 MSI 4GB Edition then a good choice would be 16 Series GeForce GTX 1660 Super 6GB as this is better than 773 of the top 1000 most demanding game requirements with 26% better performance as well. Alternatively upgrading this graphics card would have us consider the R-500 Series Radeon RX Vega 56 8GB which is 35% more powerful. This upgrade choice can also run 903 games from the most demanding games today.
FPS System Benchmark
69 FPS
The GeForce GTX 980 MSI 4GB Edition is released on 19 Sep 2014

GeForce GTX 980 MSI 4GB Edition Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

Nvidia PC game performance check GeForce GTX 980 MSI 4GB Edition
Maxwell GM204-400-A1
Texture Rate
156 GTexel/s
Pixel Rate
78 GPixel/s
Processing Units (Cuda Cores)
Ray Tracing Cores
Tensor Cores
Driver Support
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Release Price
Direct X
DX 12.1
Open GL
Resolution (WxH)
Notebook GPU
4096 MB
Memory Speed
1753 MHz
Memory Bus
256 Bit
Memory Type
Memory Bandwidth
L2 Cache
Display Connectors
VGA Connection
DVI Connection
HDMI Connection
DisplayPort Connection
Clock Speeds
Core Speed
1126 MHz
Boost Clock
1216 MHz
Max Power
180 Watts
500 Watt & 42 Amps
Power Connector
2x 6-pin
Recommended Hardware
Best RAM Match
8 GB
Best Resolution
2560 x 1440
GPU Upgrade
Resolution Performance
1366x768 1600x900 1920x1080 2560x1440 3840x2160
GeForce GTX 980 MSI 4GB Edition Game Requirement Analysis

GeForce GTX 980 MSI 4GB Edition is a special edition of NVIDIA's high-end GeForce GTX 980 4GB created by MSI. It doesn't have any new features. Read below to know more.

Overclock Out of The Box
The Clock Frequencies of both Central Unit and Operating Memory Clock Remain the Same.

Cooling Solution
The Cooling System remains the same.

Power Consumption
According to MSI, the rated board TDP was unlocked to 180W. A 500W PSU with at least 2 6-pin available recommended is required.

Release Price
GeForce GTX 980 MSI 4GB Edition was released for $549.99. That's the same price of the reference Graphics Card.

Without a New Cooling Solution or overclocking out of the box, GeForce GTX 980 MSI 4GB Edition is as fast as the reference GeForce GTX 980 4GB. Therefore, Dual GeForce GTX 690 is still slightly faster.

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GeForce GTX 980 MSI 4GB Edition vs Avg. AAA Game System Requirements
Avg. AAA Recommended Requirements
Graphics Card
Popular Game System Requirements
Game Min. Rec.
Halo Infinite Multiplayer 41% 31%
Battlefield 2042 41% 31%
Forza Horizon 5 77% 21%
Far Cry 6 11% 46%
Resident Evil 8 34% 31%
Grand Theft Auto VI 11% 42%
Battlefield 6 41% 31%
Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy 54% 4%
S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 1% 64%
Days Gone 22% 4%
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